International White Cane Safety Day

Movement for Independence of Disabled intended to organize a program on International White Cane Safety Day on 21st of October, 2010 at Al-Hamra Hall # 3, Mall Road, Lahore. The purpose was to provide General Public, People from Government Sector and Corporate Sector with an opportunity to better understand the problems related with Blindness. To show the talents bestowed to Blind people by Allah Almighty and to raise awareness and answers to resolve issues related to blindness.
The program as graced by people from all spheres of life. The designated guests from Punjab Welfare Trust for Disabled, POB trust, Rotary Club Lahore Sharqi, PTI, Lahore Traffic Police, Lahore Bar, Special Institutions, General Public and many disabled persons honored the occasion with their presence.
The General Secretory of MID Mrs. Sadia Atif anchored the occasion.  The program started with the name of Allah Almighty by recitation from the Holy Quran. This was followed by Naat for Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). The Welcome note was delivered by Miss Samiyah Khalid from MID. She welcomed the honorable guest on behalf of the whole MID team. 
A student from Government Degree College for special Education explained the history of the White Cane and the International White Cane Safety Day.
After that the Blind Students performed a Drama highlighting the problems the blind people have to face in life. The plot of the drama as about a orphan Blind person who has a blind sister and a non- disabled brother. He being the elder brother has to meet with all expenses of House and studies of his brother and sister. He tries to find a job on merit from a Government Institution and is rejected due to his blindness. A guy steels his money and mobile on the way. He so demoralized meets an accident and Is seriously injured and doctors ask for money for treatment and then MID comes for his rescue and helps him in this difficult time. He then not only completes his education but also becomes the head of the same government department from where he was rejected. The drama was very well performed and the audience loved it.
Then another performance from kids from Hajveri center for Special education. They performed a national song and were very much appreciated. After that, Girls from another Blind person’s school performed a national song.
Mrs Sadia Atif informed the audience about the MID and the core projects and future projects of MID. She also highlighted the facilities that are provided by MID to the disabled persons and especially Blind persons. She emphasized on the point that the government sector should include disabled persons in policy making level so that an objective of barrier free society can be achieved.
After these performances Col. Zafar Bajwa (Director Punjab Welfare Trust for Disabled) came to stage and gave introduction of PWTD. He appreciated the efforts of MID for promoting disabled persons and mainstreaming them. He was presented with a shield as token of love from MID.
This followed with two more performances from blind student of Sunrise and Sheranwala.
After that Dr. Nosheen Hamid Meraj from PTI Lahore region delivered speech and appreciated the performences of the blind children and especially the MID team for organizing such a memorable event. She promised support from PTI and herself to promote disabled persons and mainstreaming them. She was presented with a shield by MR. Nawas from MID.
Then Dr. Intizar Butt from POB Trust presented 100 White Canes to MID and also appreciated the program and MID. He was also presented with a shield as token of love by Mr. Atif Raza (President MID).
Mrs Nabila from Traffic Police Lahore stressed on inclusion of disabled persons in society and appreciated the work of MID and promised full support.
Labard announced 10 white canes for blind persons and presented them to Mrs. Sadia Atif.
Mr. Shakeel Gondal (General Secretory Lahore Bar) showed his full support to MID and disabled persons and offered free legal assistance to disabled persons from Lahore Bar.
After that the refreshments were served and White Canes were distributed to the blind persons. After that the finishing note was delivered by Mrs. Sadia Atif. She thanked all the designated guests, students from different institutions, Corporate sector dignitaries, General public and Disabled persons for becoming part of this program and making it a memorable event. She thanked all the donors who made this event a reality. She especially thanked PWTD, POB Trust, Rotary Club Lahore Sharqi, Rahat Bakery and other friends who should their confidence on MID Team and provided financial assistance to organize this event. Moreover she said that disabled children are encouraged to study at special schools rather than at normal schools, after they finish school, they are suddenly expected to live in society with non-disabled people without special consideration once they become adults. So why don’t we all come and join in lending a hand in eliminating exclusion from the scratch and encourage inclusion and mainstreaming.
The program Ended on a positive note that such events should be organized in future to show and to aware public with the talents of Disabled persons.

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